1,200 low-income households to receive $100 household care packs

SMU students, 3M Singapore's Managing Director Arthur Fong and Member of Parliament for Mountbatten Lim Biow Chuan present the pack to an elderly resident.
PHOTO: 1,200 low-income households to receive $100 household care packs

SINGAPORE - Anti-slip floor stickers that can help prevent slips and falls, mops that are easy to use, and hot/cold packs that help in easing muscular pains and aches. These are but some of the $120,000 worth of household products that 1,200 low-income families from the South East district will receive from global innovation company 3M.

Each family will receive a 3M Household Care Pack worth $100, containing ten handy items ranging from cleaning tools to first-aid peripherals.

This donation was made possible because of a two-month long 3M Step-up Challenge @ South East, a stair-climb challenge co-organised by 3M and South East Community Development Council (SECDC). Under the challenge, 3M pledged to donate a household product for every 500 steps achieved from during the campaign.

The household products were raised after 27,000 participants from 32 community and corporate partners such as Nikko Asset Management, Harvest Care Centre, ITE College East, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic racked up 6.5 million steps.

The contributions were announced this afternoon at the 3M Step-up Challenge @ South East finale.

Member of Parliament for Mountbatten Lim Biow Chuan, 3M Singapore's Managing Director Arthur Fong and over 50 tertiary students from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and SMU helped to clean the homes of beneficiaries at Dakota Crescent with the 3M household products they had received.

Mr Lim, the Guest-of-Honour for today's spring clean activity, said: "The campaign was a great way to foster family and community bonding by gathering them together for a mutual cause to help the less privileged.

"It also encourages corporates such as 3M to help us not only in terms of their products and expertise, but also in promoting active citizenry at all levels."

SECDC, with the help from ITE College East students, will be distributing the Household Care Packs to the rest of the beneficiaries in the district within the next three weeks.

grongloh@sph.com.sg